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« Reply #1600 on: June 10, 2013 07:59:56 AM »

I see some things on the house that I would like to change on mine...I love the hinges on the door...and the shutters...also, the shingles on the roof are a good idea...
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« Reply #1601 on: June 10, 2013 10:12:31 AM »

I've been lurking this thread for a while now. Hubs even gave me the house kit about a year ago, but I haven't even opened it. The assembly is more daunting to me than the customization. So, last weekend I found this diamond-in-the-rough at a yard sale for $2. It is screwed together, so much easier to take apart/put together. I've already had some practice since I forgot to take "before" pics before I took it apart to clean and sand. The pics are after I sanded and cleaned off all of the scribbles, stickers and grime. I figure by posting it here, I'll be more motivated to keep working on it. It is going to be a fun project for my 11 y.o. DD and I this summer. Last night, I took apart (again) and primed it. Before I continue, I need to make a sketch of rooms and such. I am planning on adding dividers to break up the big rooms. Here we go .....


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« Reply #1602 on: June 10, 2013 10:51:38 AM »

That will be a lovely and fun project for you and your child to do!
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« Reply #1603 on: June 10, 2013 11:35:10 AM »

I wasn't happy with the door that came with the dollhouse so I decided to make my own. After all - a wizard needs a good, sturdy wood door for knocking and slamming.

Here's a bit of a "how I did it" for the door via photo's...

This is what the door looked like before I took it off the hinges and re-did it


I cut lengths of basswood to fit the door frame (measuring, using the old door as a model). Some of them were a bit marred and the bar code was big and bright, but it didn't matter - none of that would show in the end.



Using an X-Acto knife and metal file, I cut into the tops and bottoms of each of the "planks" of the soon-to-be door to age it.



I whittled away at the planks to age them even more and this is them together.



Next came the staining...


This is the final door after inking it and adding the horizontal planks. I quite like how it came out. I'm not sure about a handle yet, though. I might add a door-knocker, too.
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« Reply #1604 on: June 10, 2013 11:40:58 AM »

great job!
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« Reply #1605 on: June 10, 2013 12:03:32 PM »

That door is amazing!
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« Reply #1606 on: June 10, 2013 12:05:47 PM »

That door is amazing!

Thanks lady!
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« Reply #1607 on: June 10, 2013 01:54:01 PM »

Love the door, it looks like it was hewn from timbers!
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« Reply #1608 on: June 18, 2013 11:03:36 PM »

I will have mad, mad amounts of updates and pictures tomorrow hopefully when I get a replacement cord for my laptop - I'm using an old one right now that keeps crashing on me which is boogers.
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« Reply #1609 on: June 22, 2013 08:45:24 AM »

Okay, so after much whinging on my part, I've got my normal laptop running again and some progress pictures on my "wizards house".

I am not the worlds best hobby photographer, so bare with me here as most of the photos are taken in the wee hours with a horrid flash.

Roof progress!

This is the first couple of coats of brown stain on the roof


Then I dry brushed a light green on to accent where I was going to apply a moss finnish


I used Woodland Scenics' "fine turf" for moss here - don't worry, that won't all be staying - it will soon be making a fine mess of my living room carpet.


And here I've achieved most of the look I've been going for - but of course I'm never satisfied and will be adding more things here and there as I continue to work.



So that's the roof!
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